The recently launched Waxman Training Academy is now officially approved by the National Association for Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT Approved) as well as the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating engineers (CIPHE).
The NAPIT Approved and CIPHE Approved accreditations means the Academy at Waxman’s Elland, West Yorkshire base is part of a government-approved register, which set standards within the industry.
The academy offers a selection of courses dealing with solar PV, solar thermal, water regulations, heat pump installation, unvented hot water, biomass and practical sessions working from heights.
All courses are held in the brand-new purpose built training centre, which features a lecture theatre-style classroom with audio visual projection facilities, a troubleshooting test room and unique scaffolding rig mounted to multiple roofs on a house shell, where practical demonstrations can be carried out at height.
It is headed by Simon Pattison, who joined Waxman Energy as renewable and energy technical manager in February 2011 with some six years renewable energy installation training and assessment experience. He said: “The academy enables installers to develop and update their skill set with a hands-on course that is heavily centred on practical experience.”
As well as being NAPIT and CIPHE Approved, the courses are Logic Certified, with the exception of biomass and working at heights. Solar PV and solar thermal courses meet the training entry requirements for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS); the unvented hot water course is recognised by Competent Person Schemes (CPS) ; and the water regulations course is fully recognised by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS).